It’s actually pretty amazing that Justin and I got to talking about his movie at all. For the longest while, he and I were discussing our mutual love of Transformers, action figures, and Captain America: Civil War. Just really solid nerd conversation – and his excitement revealed a core facet of Justin’s personality.
We hear a lot about passion, but passion can often be an isolating characteristic. One that inspires tremendous work, yes, but also one that leads people to ruin. Excitement, though. There’s something innocent about excitement that keeps it from tipping the way passion can. What Justin embodies is how infectious and uplifting excitement can be.
In the first of a multi-part interview, Justin reveals the history of factors that lead to the creation of Any Bullet Will Do, why Westerns offer tremendous value to independent filmmakers, how Oregon lends itself to Civil War times, why Montana is gnarly, the benefits of shooting on location versus shooting in studio, and what filmmaking and war have to do with one another.
(To find out more about Justin, go to his website, justinleedirect, or also keep reading this very informative interview)
Chris: Ride the Lightning and Any Bullet Will both have an Old West kind of setting. What appealed to you about the Old West?
Justin: My grandpa was a big influence for films. He’d have John Wayne on all the time. When I was really young, he’d have Nick at Nite on. He’d watch F Troop all the time. When I started getting older, we watched Young Guns and then eventually Tombstone. Tombstone was like a turning point. I was still a young kid. It’s still to this day one of my top three favorite movies of all-time.
Three or Four years ago, I was really getting into filmmaking. And I was in digital. I was in web stuff. I really really wanted to make a Western web series, and no one was buying it. They were like,”‘Eh, Westerns are kind of dead. People have tried it.” I think I can see something coming from a mile away. I thought Westerns were going to blow up. And it was when Django [Unchained] hit. Django came out, got all these Oscar nods, and people were like, “Oh, Westerns are going to make a come back.” Click here for the rest of the interview on FILM COLOSSUS!